The Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) presented its Esther Cunningham Environmentalist of the Year Award to Ned Ryan Doyle at its Annual Meeting at the Southern Energy and Environment (SEE) Expo.
“We are so pleased to honor Ned with this award,” said WNCA Executive Director Julie Mayfield. “As a 30-year environmental and sustainable energy activist, educator, writer, radio host, former WNCA steering committee member, and founder of the SEE Expo, Ned is more than deserving of this recognition. We were also pleased to be able to the award to him at the 10th annual SEE Expo.”
Ned Ryan Doyle has served as the Director of Programs at the original Mother Earth News Eco Village Research Center in Transylvania County and is the founder of the SEE Expo as well as the Rational Earth Action’s Learning Institute, Thank You (REALITY), a sustainable technologies education center. He is also the host of Our Southern Communities on the regional public radio station WNCW.
The Esther Cunningham Award was just one highlight of WNCA’s Annual Meeting held again in conjunction with the SEE Expo at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher. The WNCA members present also elected four new Steering Committee members: Julie Lehman of Asheville, Callie D. Moore of Clay County, Robin Smith of Yancey County, and Norma Ivey of Franklin, NC. Their terms begin January 1, 2011.
Despite the rainy weather, close to 100 people attended WNCA’s annual meeting and workshops on Saturday. The workshops were aimed at helping citizens become more effective advocates by directing their “passion into action.” WNCA ecologist Bob Gale presented information about how to inventory, identify, and control invasive exotic plants, and French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson provided a Muddy Water Watch Training to train citizens how to identify and report erosion and sedimentation violations.
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Based in Asheville, Western North Carolina Alliance is a 28-year-old environmental group that empowers citizens to advocate for livable communities and the natural environment of Western North Carolina. For more information on upcoming WNCA activities, call the office at (828) 258-8737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Read the full article